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Indonesia may ‘team up’ with Pacific states for climate pact at COP 21

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Pacific island states … similar characteristics with much of Indonesia. Image: PNG Loop

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PNG Loop in Port Moresby

Indonesia may team up with the Pacific Islands to put pressure on other countries to agree on a universal, legally binding climate agreement at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris this December.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has returned from her visit to Fiji, where she attended the Pacific Island Development Forum (PIDF) and discussed how to build resilience over climate change.

“The focus is how the Pacific Islands prepare adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Armanatha Nasir, said. Read more »

Smaller Pacific states’ Port Moresby Declaration calls for coal moratorium

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Pacific smaller island states representatives in Port Moresby. Image: PNG Loop

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By PNG Loop in Port Moresby

Leaders of the Pacific Smaller Island States have called on all nations  – especially  the advanced economies in the region – to rise to the challenge of climate change.

They want to steer the world on a path where climate change is no longer a threat to earth.

As a first step, they called for a global moratorium on all new coal mines. Read more »

Native Affairs sends first NZ TV crew to the region for 50 years

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Māori Television’s Adrian Stevanon … special reporting mission to West Papua for Native Affairs. Image: MTS

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Prime Minister John Key will join leaders from around the Pacific in Papua New Guinea this week for the 46th Pacific Island leaders forum.

Among the high level talks will be the human rights abuses in West Papua.

For decades the Indonesian twin provinces of Papua and West Papua have been a no-go zone amid claims of genocide and extreme violence. Read more »

Kiwis play a hand in new PNG domestic violence helpline

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A survivor of sexual violence waiting to be seen at the Antenatal Clinic in Port Moresby’s General Hospital, Papua New Guinea. Image: Vlad Sokhin/Crying Meri

Papua New Guinea has high domestic and sexual violence statistics, with nearly two thirds of all women experiencing violence at some point in their lives. New Zealanders have had a hand in launching a sexual violence helpline this month, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Chelsea Armitage

New Zealanders have helped launch a new family and sexual violence helpline in Papua New Guinea this month, created to campaign against the country’s endemic abuse.

ChildFund New Zealand contributed $2.6 million from charitable donations and match funding from the New Zealand government’s aid programme to the cause.

Chief executive of ChildFund New Zealand Paul Brown says the charity’s work in Papua New Guinea is community-led and the service has been needed for a long time. Read more »

PNG campus protesters shot at by police, report Goroka students

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A student checks out smashed fixtures at a University of Goroka campus building after the protest against the vice-chancellor. Image: ABC Pacific Beat

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Students protesting at a university in eastern Papua New Guinea have been shot at during a confrontation with police, a student there has said.

Local media reported at least two students were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after clashes at the University of Goroka in Eastern Highlands province.

Shantel Lui, a student at the university, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat programme the protesters were marching on Thursday to call for the resignation of vice-chancellor Dr Gairo Onagi. Read more »

Pacific broadcast media aim to get people ‘to care’ about key goals


Pacific Media Watch’s Alistar Kata reports on community news and the UN sustainable development goals. PMC video

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Alistar Kata

Beyond2015, a global campaign focused on working with civil society groups to develop their regions, is planned to end poverty, inequality and climate change in the Pacific.

But the challenge is how to engage Pacific communities with these messages in a way they can understand.

Last weekend Pacific media were invited to a workshop in Auckland to come up with ways to get the message through. Read more »

Papuan leader joins New Zealand rally against TPP corporate trade deal

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Visiting West Papuan leader Octo Mote at the Auckland rally against the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership “trade” negotiations. Image: Del Abcede/PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Centre news desk

West Papuan pro-independence leader Octo Mote, currently visiting New Zealand on a lobbying mission, marched in solidarity along with thousands of protesters in Auckland yesterday voicing their opposition to the controversial proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership pact.

New Zealand along with 11 Asian and Pacific rim countries, including the United States, have been negotiating over the secret terms of the treaty expected to provide corporations with greater power at the expense of the sovereignty of member governments and their policies.

On Friday night, Mote, a former top Papuan journalist and now secretary-general of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP), spoke to a meeting of West Papuan advocates and supporters in Auckland, saying there had been a groundswell of people’s solidarity movements in the Pacific for West Papua. Read more »

O’Neill denies PNG on brink of ‘Greek-style’ economic crisis

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PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s defence of the country’s beleagured economy after the Sydney Morning Herald report published on the front page of the PNG Post-Courier today. Image: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – Pacific Media Centre news desk

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has denied Papua New Guinea is facing serious debt problems and has dismissed two prominent critics he has accused of having “vested interests’’.

In a long statement, he said the country was within debt limits and that it did not have extraordinary levels of foreign debt.

In a Sydney Morning Herald report late last week, Fairfax Asia-Pacific editor John Garnaut warned Australia’s nearest neighbour could be on the “brink of a Greek-style fiscal crisis following one of the most spectacular budget blow-outs in regional history”. Read more »

Plea for Papua New Guinea MPs to help end killings in Highlands tribal feud

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Tribal warriors with an array of automatic weapons including M16s, AK-47s in a separate Highlands fight. Image: Demotix file photo

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Eleven people have been killed and many others, including a teenage girl, suffered serious injuries during a fight between tribes living on the border of Enga and the Western Highlands in Papua New Guinea, reports The National.

Western Highlands provincial police commander chief superintendent Martin Lakari said police were unable to stop the fighting because high-powered guns were being used.

The old rivalry between the Kukutin tribe of Kombiam in Enga and the Yapetalin tribe of Baiyer district in Western Highlands resurfaced last month at the remote villages of Kokowa and Sepemanda on the border. Read more »

Madang ‘anti-capitalism’ riot – PNG police call for probe into boy shooting

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Part of today’s front page in the PNG Post-Courier. Image: PMC

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch in Madang

A peaceful protest in Madang turned nasty yesterday, leaving one boy dead, scores wounded and business houses destroyed by looters and “opportunists”, police said.

Sources say strong opposition to a mega tuna processing complex, which they say threatens the environment, prompted the march, but police blamed the separate rioting on opportunism.

Madang provincial police commander Sylvester Kalaut said police had not given approval for the march. Read more »

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